Our support groups empower people with disabilities to explore options and to solve problems regarding any life changing experiences. Topics can include adjustment to a newly acquired disability, changes in living arrangements, or learning to use community services more effectively.
Participants are paired with well-adjusted peer consultants who have similar disabilities. The participants and peer consultants share their personal experience and the peer consultant acts as a mentor.
Peer consultation plays a significant role in the lives of people with disabilities as it introduces them to various community resources and skills training. With the right attitude, skills, and resources people with disabilities are empowered to live independently.
Paraquad's support groups provide members with information and resources as well as opportunities to participate in social activities. There are four different support groups that cover general, every day life.
Family Participation Program
Provides assistance for parents with physical disabilities and their families through support groups, phone and internet networks, access to resources, and a speakers bureau on selected topics. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, mainly on Saturdays. Meeting times do vary.
Men's Support Group
Offers opportunities for men with disabilities to learn more about available community resources as well as socialize with their peers. Members meet once a month to discuss a variety of issues including transportation, employment, advocacy, financial management, housing, and health care.
Women's Support Group
Offers opportunities for women with disabilities to learn more about available community resources as well as socialize with their peers. Members meet once a month to discuss a variety of issues including transportation, employment, advocacy, financial management, housing, and health care. The women's support group meets every other month, on the third Monday of the month. Meeting dates for 2013 are February 25, April 15, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16.
Focuses on social and recreational activities that promote the development of social skills not acquired in segregated environments. Participants include young people with and without disabilities. Non-disabled youth develop an awareness and understanding of their disabled peers and learn to work and play side-by-side with people with disabilities, while youth with disabilities learn to participate within the community as an equal. Paraquad's Youth Group targets youth between the ages of 12-24 and their families. The Youth Group meets once a month on the third Saturday of each month from August to May for group discussions. In June and July, the youth focuses on community outings and computer camp.
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314/289-4200 (voice).